Fri 6th Oct 2017
Firms scoop NI Chamber Awards
Chamber Award winners 2017
Seven companies from across Northern Ireland join Ulster University and the Irish Football Association as the winners of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual Chamber Business Awards.
The winners will now compete against other regional winners in the national finals in a bid to win the top UK business accolade in their category and also the chance to scoop the top title as overall National Chamber Awards winner 2017.
NI Chamber has revealed the following winners:
- High Growth Business of the Year – KME Steelworks
- Small Business of the Year – CDEnviro
- Best use of Technology – Henderson Retail
- Excellence in Customer Service – Galgorm Resort & Spa
- Export Business of the Year – Linwoods
- Commitment to People Development – HLM
- Education and Business Partnership – Ulster University
- Best Use of Social Media – Irish FA
- Health & Wellbeing Award – Flynn
The national winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Chamber Awards Gala Dinner on 30 November 2017 at the Brewery in London.
The Chamber Awards is a highlight of the business calendar, showcasing the pivotal role local businesses play in the UK’s continuing growth story.
Shaun McAnee (Danske Bank); Brian Brannigan (Linwoods – Export Business of the Year) and Ellvena Graham (NI Chamber).
Ellvena Graham, President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“Businesses are the backbone and driving force of the economy. Even in the face of uncertain times, they continue to show their resilience and strength – creating opportunities for employment, investment and growth.
“Our judges are always impressed by the high standard of submissions, and the calibre of entries this year was no different. The finalists in the Chamber Business Awards represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard-work.
“The Chamber Business Awards are the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our business communities’ achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of local businesses over the past year, and to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
Shaun McAnee, Managing Director of Corporate & Business Banking at Danske Bank, a judge at this year’s Chamber Business Awards, congratulated Linwoods on being named Export Business of the Year:
“Linwoods has quickly become one of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished export businesses, establishing markets for its health super foods in over 25 countries across the globe. I congratulate the company on its success up to now and expect to see its customer base grow even further in the years ahead as it continues to seek out new customers at home and abroad. Linwoods success is built on relentless innovation which should inspire other aspiring exporters in Northern Ireland.”
Highly Commended awards were also claimed by Mount Charles (High Growth Business of the Year); Flint Studios (Small Business of the Year); Kerr Henderson Group (Best Use of Technology); McElmeel Mobility Services (Excellence in Customer Service); Devenish Nutrition (Export Business of the Year); Henderson Retail (Commitment to People Development); Young Enterprise NI (Education & Business Partnership); Catalyst Inc (Best Use of Social Media) and the Henry Brothers (Health & Wellbeing Award).
What they said:
High Growth Business of the Year – KME Steelworks
Seamus Murchan, Co-owner of KME Steelworks, said:
“We are delighted to win the High Growth Business of the Year Award, we have a great team of employees at KME who are very proud of the services that they provide to our customers.
“It has been the combination of motivated skilled staff and continuous investment in the latest technology that has enabled KME to consistently supply quality products on time and successfully achieve our growth targets.”
Small Business of the Year – CDEnviro
Ellvena Graham (NI Chamber) and Marc Jennings (CDEnviro).
Marc Jennings, Chief Operating Office at CDEnviro, said:
“We are delighted to be named Small Business of the Year in the Northern Ireland Chamber Business Awards. We know the judges were looking at innovation, commitment to staff and uniqueness of products and services and we were up against many great companies. These are all areas on which we focus on so we’re extremely pleased to be making our mark. We’re very much looking forward to the National final in November.”
Best use of Technology – Henderson Retail
Michael Surginor (Henderson Retail); Ellvena Graham (NI Chamber) and David Agnew (Henderson Retail)
Mark McCammond, Retail Director at Henderson Retail, said:
“We are delighted that Henderson Retail has been named as the ‘Best Use of Technology’ regional winner at the 2017 Chamber of Business awards.
“As a company, we continually seek new technologies that will help operational efficiencies, provide better customer service and market our products. To be recognised as the winner in such a competitive category is a great achievement and is testament to the ongoing in-house innovation and efforts made by individuals and teams to remain responsive to rapidly changing customer demands.”
Excellence in Customer Service – Galgorm Resort & Spa
Ellvena Graham (NI Chamber) and Beth Greenan (Galgorm Resort & Spa).
Colin Johnston, General Manager at Galgorm Resort & Spa, said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive this award as it rewards the emphasis we have always placed on striving for excellence in Customer Service at the Resort.
“To be recognised by NI Chamber as excelling in this area across all industries in Northern Ireland is especially validating for our team.”
Export Business of the Year – Linwoods
Ellvena Graham (NI Chamber); Brian Brannigan (Linwoods – Export Business of the Year) and Shaun McAnee (Danske Bank).
Brian Brannigan, Head of Sales at Linwoods, said:
“We are delighted to win the Export Business of the Year Award. Exporting is at the core of Linwoods’ DNA so it’s great to be recognised in this category. We are also excited by the opportunities this gives us to raise the profile of the company and our products with more customers and more export markets.”
Commitment to People Development – HLM
Ellvena Graham (NI Chamber); Jo Bell (HLM) and Simon Bell (HLM).
Simon Bell, Associate Director for HLM, said:
“We are extremely proud to be named the Northern Ireland winner in such a competitive category in the prestigious British Chamber Business Awards. At HLM, people development is at the heart of everything we do and we are delighted to receive recognition of the work we do in this area.”
Education and Business Partnership – Ulster University
Ellvena Graham (NI Chamber) and Damian McGivern (Ulster University).
Damian McGivern, Director of Employability at Ulster University, said:
“As part of our strategic plans at Ulster University we place student employability and business engagement at the heart of our activities ensuring that our learners are equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel in key industry sectors.
“We work alongside businesses, from large global organisations to SMEs, to understand their current context, their short-term ambitions and long-term visions, their skills requirements and graduate needs, as well as considering the projections around our local economy.
“Ulster University is research-engaged and business-focussed with significant commercialisation of research, major knowledge transfer and diversity of the student population. Given the distributed nature of its four campuses, Ulster University is uniquely placed to fully engage with, and deliver, direct meaningful impact across the business community in Northern Ireland.”
Best Use of Social Media – Irish FA
Adam Johnson (Irish FA); Ellvena Graham (NI Chamber) and Heather Wright (Irish FA).
Jonny Brown, Digital manager At the IFA, said:
“We are delighted to win the regional award for best use of social media. We have an innovative digital team which has created highly engaging content to tell the story of football in Northern Ireland over the past year. The Irish FA wants every young boy and girl in Northern Ireland to dream of wearing the green shirt and we have aimed to use our digital channels to showcase the achievements of our national teams at all levels and to promote the work that the association does in communities across the country.”
Health & Wellbeing Award – Flynn
Paula McGleenan (Flynn); Ellvena Graham (NI Chamber) and Declan Kearney (Flynn)
Aidan Flynn, Managing Director at Flynn, said:
“Flynn is delighted to be selected for this award since, above all others perhaps, it reflects our core values and beliefs as a family owned business.
“Having faced great challenges across the past 40 years, the management has over the past three years embraced and committed to an agenda of ensuring that our own people, and indeed the people with whom and for whom we work, are informed about their options for a safer workplace, healthier lifestyle, for early detection of conditions, for giving their families and loved ones the best possible care.
“Without our people we are nothing, so it is fundamental to our business success that we continue to invest and support ‘teamFLYNN’. We are honoured by our award and now look forward to representing Northern Ireland in the London Final.”